Culling Down to Three

I had a frightening thought. What if, for one reason or another, you were forced to cull your collection down to three games? Which ones would make the cut? That is such a tough question, as it means getting rid of games I love dearly. But, if I had to choose three, they would *probably* be:

  • Champions of Midgard
  • Clank!
  • Terraforming Mars

Then, the three I would be most heartbroken to leave behind would be:

  • X-Wing
  • Flip Ships
  • Tiny Epic Galaxies

What about you? What would you keep and what would you shed tears over?

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Supporter14 months ago

Wow your X-Wing?? How is Champions of Midgard by the way? I always wondered how it compares with Raiders of the North Sea.

14 months ago

Sadly, yes. I figured, if it came down to it, I would want to keep games that get played. Despite my undying love for X-Wing, it simply doesn't know what a table looks like anymore haha

I prefer Champions of Midgard to Raiders, although Raiders is still a very good game. They're very different, too, despite both being worker placement with a Viking theme. Champions of Midgard is one of my all-time favorites. I love how it's all about building up your supplies and warriors and then fighting monsters. Some big wins, but some equally massive fails haha

Supporter14 months ago

No! Not X-Wing! I understand why you’d leave it behind though. Makes sense that if you only could have 3 games you wouldn’t use one slot for it. Maybe if you could keep 5 games it’d make the cut. 

14 months ago

It seems pretty luck driven, that can be mitigated by just getting a ton of dice, but my hold up is the required “take that” element of it with the trolls! Have you seen people get fussy with that?

14 months ago

People who are vehemently anti-luck don't care for Champions of Midgard for that reason. I think the luck factor adds tension and excitement to the game. There are ways to mitigate it, such as through specific rune cards you can pick up, or stacking your warrior dice pool with better warriors (axe warriors have a much higher chance of dealing damage, but roll zero shields, spearmen roll shields and have a better chance of dealing damage than swordsmen, etc.). People who are fussy about it generally laud Lords of Waterdeep as being far superior. Having played both, I'll admit Lords of Waterdeep is a very fun game, but I still prefer Champions (they're also two quite different games).

Supporter14 months ago

Man this is really hard for me because I have younger games (My Little Scythe, Fire Ball Island, Sushi Go!) to try to get my kids into gaming early.  But I'm going to have to make my choices with leaving those out hoping I could just teach them when they get older.

Keep:

  • Viticulture
  • Root
  • Clans of Caledonia

Heartbroken to Lose:

  • Scythe
  • My Little Scythe
  • Imperial Assault

Supporter14 months ago

If you had given up on Root I would've happily taken it off of you to place it on my Keep list (so far I would keep Viticulture)

14 months ago

I want to get My Little Scythe for my kids, but I think 4 years old may still be a touch too young for that haha Root is great though. Just played it for the first time last week and loved it!

Supporter14 months ago

Nice! Root is definitely one of my favorites and would be on my Keep list if I owned it. Did you end up explaining the rules? How was it?

14 months ago

I didn't explain it, but I had watched a full playthrough first, so that helped a lot. The explanation didn't seem to rough; it's more about figuring out each individual player board and how they work. For the one who hadn't played or seen a playthrough, he picked it up pretty quickly. We also started with the beginner setup and walkthrough for the first two turns, which also helped.

Supporter14 months ago

Glad it worked out for your group, I've heard stories of other groups hating the experience because everyone headed in unprepared and confused. Which faction did you play as? Which one did you want to try out next time?

I'm starting to "get" how I need to play as the Woodland Alliance. I still haven't won a game as any of the factions haha

14 months ago

I was the Eyrie. I struggled to plan ahead well enough and cycled through all the leaders before the game ended haha I'll play them again next time so I can get a better feel for it. The Woodland Alliance look fun to play, as does the Vagabond. I think I'd like to be the Woodland Alliance next. 

Supporter14 months ago

So much to love about Root, it's a game that we just love more with each play.  I believe we got My Little Scythe for my 6 year olds birthday last year.  We've played it probably 5 - 6 times.  She played on a team with an adult twice but plays by herself now.  And has beat me twice! (With a little help understanding the different decisions she can make sometimes, but I still leave it up to her which one she will make).  Definitely check it out in a couple of years.  I'm also considering backing Quest Kids on Kickstarter now, which is a Dungeon Crawler that says it's for 5+.

14 months ago

I'm tempted to back Quest Kids as well. Looks really good, and I'm sure my kids will love it. I'd be more inclined to get it for them for Christmas or a birthday (to justify buying it haha), but Kickstarter doesn't really work that way :) 

Supporter14 months ago

I'm just glad there are games that I haven't gotten yet that I've backed on Kickstarter, ha!

Supporter14 months ago

Which ones are you waiting for?

Supporter14 months ago

Well one is an Expansion for Root so I suppose that made the cut either way.  The other two are Tiny Epic Tactics (Final Fantasy Tactics is one of my favorite all time video games), and Trick Shot. (As a hockey player I'm really excited for it.)

14 months ago

I'm waiting on TE Tactics as well. And Trick Shot looked super cool! I'm a big hockey fan, so I really wanted to back it, but ended up not.

Supporter14 months ago

Nice, I can't wait for Tactics.  I originally wasn't going to back Trick Shot until they said something about not making it available retail.  Since hockey is my favorite sport, and the only one I still play I knew I had to back it.

14 months ago

Yeah, I was disappointed they wouldn't do a retail release. But, such is life. 

Supporter14 months ago

Was that the Underworld Expansion? I was just amazed by the traction the campaign was getting.

Supporter14 months ago

Yeah, I can't wait to get it.  I love Root and I think this is just going to make me get it to the table more.

Supporter14 months ago

Let us know how it goes once you get it! Love Root but don't own it and I doubt my friend will be getting any of the expansions any time soon (just too many other games to try out haha)

Supporter14 months ago

Will do.  And I understand that, with 4 kids I know the importance of spending wisely on board games.  However, I can't recommend the first Expansion enough.  I love playing the Lizards, and the Otters seem like a lot of fun.  I really like to talk at the table and it seems like the Otters are all about how you can talk and sell yourself (well yourself in the game.)

Supporter14 months ago

What are the Lizards like?

Based on your description, the Otter doesn't sound like my cup of tea but who knows? (I'm okay when it comes to deception/hiding my intentions from others, but when it comes to actively communicating to do something like "selling myself," I don't ever seem to be able to pull out enough passion as other people do lol--one reason why I never had fun playing Apples to Apples)

Supporter14 months ago

Oh I'm such a talker.  But unfortunately I haven't had a turn with the Otters yet.  One thing I love about the mechanics of Root are they are so thematic to the way each faction is run.  It's not the woodland that makes it Thematic but the mechanics.  Although I do love the Woodland Theme.  Basically the Lizards are high complexity and have the ability to be powerful.  However, their main actions are limited based on the discarding of other peoples hands.  Which means the other players can impact what you can do if they are savvy enough.  What I love is that the cards that are "discarded" thematically say that for instance the Foxes feel discarded by the rest of the Woodland and turn to the Religion of the Lizards to find meaning.  This makes the Lizards very strong in Fox clearings.  Basically the Foxes have converted.  This changes throughout the game.  They are also really fun to play with the Otters because you can use the cards in your hand for certain actions that don't cause you to discard them (except when you go past the max limit).  I hope that makes sense (just a quick review)

Supporter14 months ago

Makes sense and thanks for the quick recap! Lizards do sound really fun, the idea of your power being dependent on discards sound very interesting. 

I'm really not a talker--I'm much more of a hide behind the scenes scheming Woodland Alliance type of guy haha

14 months ago

If it is just down to three, it should be something that has good replayability for me. I'm thinking Pandemic, 7th Continent and Santorini. 

14 months ago

That's what I thought as well, that something I could play over and over again would be the best choice. I just purchased Santorini a couple weeks ago. Very fun game!

Supporter14 months ago

Wow this is a super tough question!

Games to keep:

1. Star Wars Rebellion

2. Scythe

3. Marvel: Legendary 

Toughest to get rid of:

1. Imperial Assault 

2. Terraforming Mars

3. Ticket to Ride

This question is absolutely heartbreaking! Really painful thoughts go into picking which games to keep.